Elisp: Define Function

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Basic function definition is of the form:

(defun function_name (param1 param2 etc) doc_string_optional body)

(defun ff ()
  "print yay"
  (message "Yay!"))
(defun gg (x)
  "add two"
  (+ x 2))
(defun ff (x y)
  "add x and y"
  (+ x y))

When a function is called, the last expression in the function's definition body is returned. (there's no “return statement”.)

Define a Command

To define a command, add (interactive) right after the docstring.


Defining Functions (ELISP Manual)

Elisp, Function